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Riot Games is creating a fighting game, plans revealed at EVO 2019

'I can confirm that we are working on a fighting game for Riot'

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • August 2, 2019 at 12:13 p.m. PDT • Comments: 70

A brand new fighting game from Riot, the creators of League of Legends, has been officially confirmed by Tom Cannon at EVO 2019.

"Back in 2016 when we joined forces with Riot I said that we were going to go in the hole for a while. I want to be able to let people in on maybe the worst kept secret in the universe which is that I can confirm we are working on a fighting game for Riot," Cannon said on Friday during an EVO stream.

Thus far Riot's only official title in the gaming world has been League of Legends, (one of the most commercially successful video games of all time) and now the company is delving into the world of fighters.

Back in 2015 Tom and Tony Cannon founded Radiant Entertainment, a development company which Seth Killian would later join in 2016. Radiant was the company responsible for Rising Thunder, a free to play fighting game featuring battling robots and single-button commands.

Riot acquired Radiant Entertainment in 2016 and Rising Thunder was thereafter canceled (though an open-sourced version of the game was released in January of 2018). With the Cannons and Killian now working for Riot, the fighting game community began to suspect that something fighting game-related could be on the horizon.

"At Riot, what we're really trying to do is make something that players here can really be proud of. That everyone here will feel like, 'Yeah. This was made for me,'" explained Cannon today.

The fighting game genre has been growing in the realm of eSports, but has trailed many other genres in terms of popularity. Many attribute the relatively small following to the fact that fighters are often more difficult for beginners to get into and start seeing success in when compared to titles like League of Legends or Fortnite.

As a free to play game with simplified controls, Rising Thunder was noted for having exceptional ease of accessibility and highlighted as a fighter that may not be as difficult for more casual players to break into and enjoy.

At this point we have no further information as to the particulars of this upcoming Riot mystery game. It seems it will still be a while before it comes to fruition, "I'm not here to say the game is coming out any time soon, but we do feel like we're making progress," notes Cannon.

You can view the clip wherein Mr. Cannon broke the news by clicking the thumbnail here. We'd love to hear your reactions to this major news, so be sure to head to the comments and let us know what you think.

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You can see Cannon's full interview here on the EVO stream archive.

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